Thursday, 31 March 2011

Slower Walk Cycle

ignore the arms, there's a bit of a weighting issue and I need to sort them out better, but this walk is slower and has the twist in the torso :)

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Animation Shots

Animation Shots

P- Camera Zoom in eagle view. - Sam

P - Marmot sniffing the smell - Daljeet

P - Marmot pokes head up behind rock - Daljeet

P - Marmot sneaks up behind mongol -

- Mongol looks around (CU)

- Mongol and Marmot come face to face

P - Marmot steals the Chicken

P - Marmot runs away -

- Marmot runs off Tex Avery Style

- Mongol runs towards camera

- Mongol chase marmot up a hill and they trip on rock – marmot leaps forward and Mongol is thrown. – Tex Avery style

- Sliding down hill.

- Camera shake towards log

- Marmot and Mongol Sliding through log.

P - Both slide out of log, Marmot get grabbed in mid air

P - Free-Fall Fighting - Hayley

- Cloud of smoke (After effects) - Sam

P - Climb out of ditches both Mongol and marmot.

- Marmot and Mongol run cycle over the hills

- Mongol reaches top of hill slowly – out of breath

- Marmot dancing

P - Mongol takes chicken from behind the marmot

- Bird flying in - David

- Marmot point out the eagle behind him, jumping up and down and flapping his arms.

- Mongol looks around at bird.

P - Bird snatches chicken - David

- Marmot turning on a Spit.

Models to be done:



Environment – Mountains – Cliff, Hill Slide down.


Marmot as Burnt

Environment – Ground holes when they crash to floor.

Next Three Weeks – TO DO:

Sam and David – Environment with cameras Set up. - Tuesday

Tara – Improving Rigs.

Hayley – Animation tests

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Mongolian Walk Test

quick walk cycle, will try and run and slowing this down tomorrow :)

Mongolian Problems

When I used the body twist attribute the rest of the body moves but the torso that it influences just stays in the same position. It should be able to still move with the body but twist using the smaller controller.

Ok I've sorted it, but if anyone else has the same problem it is the blend parent attribute needs to be set to 1.

Just a few weighting issues I think, mainly on the clothing and the hands

Oh and when I use the attributes for the hand it comes apart like they dont have the same influence... don't know why



Added Bump maps.

Ready For proper texturing,

ATM: Sorting out blendshapes, adding eye control and few weighting problems.

Monday, 28 March 2011


A friend of mine from Rave, Josh Kendell, has asked if we need a composer for our final film...

His portfolio is

he could make us some good original music for Snatched :)

Paper Scans

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Friday, 18 March 2011

More Marmot Tests

And going across the landscape:

Marmot Poses

Arm Problems

I am having a few problems with the right arm of the Marmot, it does not move the same way as the left arm, and also it does not rotate properly when I want the hand to rotate forward. Ive put up the movements on the arms so you can see the difference.

Animatic thus Far

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Environment concepts

Marmot Run Tests

I have had a few problems with the Marmot, so hopefully it will look better when these are fixed. The file I had from Tara and the one from Sam did not match in terms of scale, so I guessed a rough scale for the test, although this will need to be sorted by Monday.

First run cycle:

Again I hate the arms and I am waiting for the weights to be fixed on them so they work properly.

Run across Environment Test:

Monday, 14 March 2011

Tara you are going to hate me :/


Just a couple of bits on the Marmot geometry that do not look right...


None of the controllers work on his tail, and also I think the right arm controls need looking at, they do not move the same way as the left I think this may be due to how it was mirrored or something.


There are also problems with the legs, we can barely move them without it doing something like this, plus the extra attributes like Toe etc do not seem to work properly and deform the geometry really badly

There are a couple of problems with the arms...

When I select the outer control and rotate it the mesh on the body also deforms badly:

And when I tried the inside one and rotated it, the wrist goes like this:

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Weekend Sketches

Just a few pics from the weekend, sorry there isn't more I have been at work most of it :/

I thought the Marmot could either do some funky dancing where he is like moonwalking and spinning etc, or could do a waltz with the piece of chicken and spin it round. I will start testing both animations tomorrow to see which look funnier...

Friday, 11 March 2011

Textured Paper

I bought some textured paper on the way home yesterday, and took a few pics of a couple of sheets. David I think your camera would be far better than mine or I can try scanning them in. Just thought it would be good to use our own textures and these could be starting points for you to work into.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Here it is again.

I know I have show you all this before buts its a great example of something we could put togethor for are pitch.



Check out my blog for more pictures on UV mapping.

Added eyes and a test texture.

Ready for David to add a proper texture to it.......

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Mongolian Rigging Four: Blend Shapes

All of the blend shapes:
Eyebrow shapes:
Eye shapes:
Mouth Shapes:
Nose shapes:
Just got to name them all properly then I will add them to the Mongolian scene in Maya and add the file to ADrive tonight :)